ERIC Number: ED357708
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1992
Cultural Leadership in Higher Education.
Rhoads, Robert A.; Tierney, William G.
This guidebook argues that solutions to the many problems that internally plague academic institutions of higher education are best developed when administrators closely examine the values, beliefs, traditions, and histories that organizational members hold. Institutional evaluations should take place within a cultural context in which organizational members both shape and are shaped by the symbols and rituals of the institution. Eight principles are proposed for effective leadership of academic institutions. Principles are based on the concept that these institutions exist as cultures where a wide range of people with varied backgrounds are welcomed. Following the discussion of these principles, the guidebook offers four vignettes to illustrate how these principles can effect real change. Also included is an annotated bibliography of 64 references organized around six key areas: (1) academic culture/subculture research; (2) building diverse academic communities; (3) cultural leadership; (4) organizational change; (5) organizations as cultures; and (6) theoretical works on culture. (GLR)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Administrators; Practitioners
Sponsor: Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: National Center on Postsecondary Teaching, Learning, and Assessment, University Park, PA.